Is This a Scam?

Is This a Scam?


I’m back from my break…Yeah, I know…you didn’t even notice I was gone. Sometimes you people really aggravate me…OK, actually all the time…but still, I have feelings that can be hurt.

Anyway, I was doing shows down in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and used it as sort of a working vacation. I figured I would just spend the days relaxing at the beach and not allow anything to ruin the tranquility.

Of course, no chance of that actually happening. It started as soon as I got there. My phone kept getting robo-calls leaving voice mails. I tried blocking the number but they just called back using an alternative number.

What the voice mail was telling me was that they were from the social security office. Apparently my social security number had been suspended because it had been compromised. Now, you would think the social security office would be located in one place. Yet, every phone call I received was coming from a different state.

The fact that they were leaving voice mails was the most annoying part. At one point I was notified that my voice mail box was full and could not receive anything. Hopefully I didn’t get any legitimate calls during that time frame.

Every voice mail was the same…they were telling me to hit one to speak to a representative. After three annoying days I realized it was my only option.

I couldn’t understand a thing he was saying.

“What the hell did you just say?”

“Social Security office, how may I help you?”

He had a heavy accent and I realized that like the IRS, who also call me on a frequent basis, the Social Security has been outsourced to a call center in India.

“Why do you keep calling me?”

“May I have your social security number?”

Yes, I’m a total idiot. Would you also like my bank passcode?

“You called me. You should have it in front of you.”

“To whom am I speaking?”

“You called me…you should know that as well.”

“If you could just give me your social security number so we can clear this up.”

“I’m not going to do that.”

“I need your social security number, so I can help you.”

“I’ll tell you what. Why don’t you just read off all of the numbers that have been suspended and when I hear mine, I’ll yell out bingo.”

“I can’t do that.”

“Yeah, and I’m not giving you my social security number. I tell you what, why don’t I just blow this air horn in your ear instead.”

Haven’t heard from them since.

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